Saturday, December 10, 2005

A blast from the past!

Here is an article from March 2005, with details of Star Arvizo's (now known as Daniel Jackson) testimony during the trial.

The Times March 09, 2005

Jackson witness admits lying in sex abuse trial
By Chris Ayres

Boy who said he saw the singer fondling his brother had made false allegations in an earlier case

THE brother of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation admitted to the defence yesterday that he had lied under oath in a previous sexual abuse and false imprisonment case.

Star Arvizo, 14, made the admission only 24 hours after telling the jury that he had seen the singer with his hand down the pants of his older brother, Gavin, now 15. He said the abuse happened at Mr Jackson’s Neverland ranch in 2003.

It was yet another bad day for the prosecution, which has struggled to make credible witnesses out of the Arvizo family. The boys’ mother, Janet Arvizo — now Janet Jackson, after marrying a Major Jay Jackson — reported Mr Jackson’s alleged abuse three months after it happened after a meeting with Larry Feldman, the lawyer who negotiated an out-of-court settlement with the singer in 1993.

The boys first revealed Mr Jackson’s alleged abuse during a session with Dr Stanley Katz, a psychologist, who worked for Mr Feldman.

During his calm although sometimes sardonic cross-examination, Thomas Meserau Jr, Mr Jackson’s defence lawyer, repeatedly brought up two other cases in which the Arvizo family made claims of sexual abuse and false imprisonment. One of the cases was against Janet Arvizo’s former husband, David; the second was against security guards at the J C Penney department store.

The family accused David Arvizo of everything from molestation to killing their pet ferret. The family won $144,500 in damages from J C Penney after saying that security guards falsely imprisoned the family and sexually abused Mrs Arvizo after finding Gavin in the car park with clothing that had not been purchased.

Mr Meserau asked Star, the fifth witness in the case, if he remembered saying in a sworn statement during the 2000 J C Penney case that his mother and father “never fought”. Star said he did not remember and was then shown a copy of his deposition. Asked if he had told the truth, Star said “no”.

He was then shown another part of his J C Penney statement, in which he said his father never hit him. He admitted that was also a lie. “Please tell the jury why you lied under oath?” a weary-sounding Mr Meserau asked. Star shrugged. “I don’t remember,” he said. “It was a long time ago.”

Mr Jackson, wearing a black suit, black armband and silver waistcoat, looked up at the young witness from his seat at the defence table. Star and his sister, Davellin Arvizo, who was in the witness box last week, have both testified at length about how their father physically abused them at their home in Los Angeles.

Mr Meserau also accused Star of giving different descriptions to various government agencies of the two separate times when he said he saw Mr Jackson molesting his brother. Star told the court that he saw the abuse from the lit stairway leading up to the singer’s darkened bedroom. Gavin was asleep at the time, he said.

“You have given different descriptions about what Michael Jackson was wearing and what Gavin was supposed to have been wearing when you saw them on the bed,” Mr Meserau said. Star replied: “I do not remember exactly what I said.”

The defence continued: “You have given different descriptions about what Michael Jackson did in the bedroom. There were times you said that Michael Jackson put his hand on top of your brother’s underwear, times when you said he put it inside his underwear, and times when you said your brother was wearing pyjamas and times when he was wearing underwear.”

Again, Star said he could not remember, a line that the jury has heard countless times from both Star and his sister, Davellin, when she was giving evidence. Mr Mesereau said: “There were times you said Michael Jackson touched your brother’s butt and not his crotch. Did you ever tell anyone that when you saw Michael Jackson in bed with your brother he was rubbing his butt?” Star replied “no”.

Mr Meserau pressed on: “You never said it to Dr Stanley Katz, to the sheriffs or to the Grand Jury?” Star replied “no”.

In spite of saying that he lied under oath, Star told the jury that he had always been told to tell the truth by his family.

Referring to recorded police interviews, Mr Mesereau said: “You were asked if you knew the difference between right and wrong, and you said you learnt it from your mother?” Star replied: “Yes. She taught us that our whole lives.”

Mr Mesereau continued: “And you told police that lying is a sin?” Star mumbled: “Yes, I think so.” Mr Jackson denies ten counts, including abuse, kidnapping and extortion. The case continues.


Blogger KC said...

You, your brother, and your sister really are a bunch of pathetic liars, no? Although your sorry ass performance on the stand is understandable. Like mother, like children. LOL!

5:50 AM  
Blogger TRUTHIS said...

You are right lying is a sin. So you can count on a lake of fire waiting for you and yours one day.

7:48 AM  

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